The American Society of Travel Agents has named a new president and CEO, effective Feb. 19.
He is Zane Kerby, former senior vice president of events, sponsorships and
advertising for the Global Business Travel Association.
He has been with the GBTA since 1999, and held a variety of
positions there, including vice president of business development.
Under new bylaws adopted by the ASTA board of directors in
2012, Kerby's responsibilities will include reporting directly to the board of
directors on all internal and external ASTA business as well as being the
primary spokesperson for ASTA.
"ASTA is excited to bring Zane Kerby's energy and
experience to its top staff position," said Nina Meyer, ASTA's chairwoman
who has served as interim CEO since the resignation of Tony Gonchar in July
2012. "We believe he is the right person at this critical time in the
Society's history, when we are re-imagining ASTA's annual meeting and fighting
to preserve the integrity of travel-selling for travel agents. He is familiar
with our issues and understands our strengths and our challenges. We look
forward to working with him to enhance ASTA's legacy."
Kerby said, "I have spent the majority of my career
working in travel, and have a deep respect for [ASTA] and its members. I'm
looking forward to working with the board and staff to develop meaningful
educational experiences that serve the needs of our members around the
The report originally was published by Travel Weekly.